Christina hails from the Finger Lakes wine region of upstate New York, although she lived abroad in Britain and Australia for 13 years. Recently, upon the birth of her first child, Christina made a move back to her home country. She currently residing in the Hudson Valley, a beautiful mountainous region just north of New York City.
Like most wine biz folk, Christina’s journey into the industry was a rather roundabout one.
In 2006, whilst working in London as a professional actress and singer, she stumbled upon a day job at the London wine attraction, Vinopolis. There, while working with hundreds of wines and giving hundreds of talks and tours, her love of wine was nurtured beyond knocking back a glass or two in the pub. She gained certifications in both the intermediate and advanced level Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) (merit and distinction) and, combining her acting skills and wine knowledge, went on to become a regular presenter for over two years on the BBC Good Food Channel’s flagship show Market Kitchen. There she presented alongside chefs like Matt Tebbutt, Richard Corrigan, James Martin, and Simon Rimmer.
This led to more invitations for on-screen wine presenting work, including on-site educational videos for the Port Institute in Portugal, for Wine Republic TV’s Wine Guide, and alongside chef Valentine Warner for Discover the Origin’s online videos. Off-screen Christina discovered the pleasures of live presenting and spent over three years hosting educational wine tastings at food and drink festivals, wine bars, and corporate wine events around the UK for both consumers and the trade.
For over two years, Christina co-hosted the popular podcast/online radio show The Crush.
Much of her time these days is devoted to scribbling, a lost-and-then-found-again passion of hers since childhood. On the writing side of things, Christina has contributed to UK publications including Decanter, Harpers Wine & Spirit, The Drinks Business, Imbibe, and to the news desk at Decanter.com.
After over a decade in its embrace, Christina left London in January 2013 for adventures in sunnier lands. She spent two and a half years in Perth, Western Australia where she contributed to publications including Australia’s Gourmet Traveller Wine and James Halliday’s Wine Companion. For over two years Christina wrote the wine content for Western Australia’s main lifestyle glossy, Scoop Magazine.
While in Australia Christina founded and ran (and subsequently sold) the School of Wine, where she hosted masterclasses and tastings around Perth’s top restaurants and bars as well as corporate and private wine events.
A freelance social media consultant within the wine trade, Christina has been a part of the team for the hugely exciting and successful Real Wine Fair in London since its inception in 2012, helping create the fair’s original website and heading up its social media. She continues this work from afar.